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YearCase NameTopicHoldingProcedural History & OutcomeStatusLink to Past Coverage
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2017Cooper v. HarrisCongressional redistricting (I)Racial gerrymanderingStruck down by lower court, upheld on appeal by U.S. Supreme CourtConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/22/1664855/-Huge-win-Supreme-Court-upholds-ruling-striking-down-North-Carolina-GOP-s-racist-congressional-map
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2018Rucho v. Common Cause (I)Congressional redistricting (II)Partisan gerrymanderingStruck down by lower court, but overturned on appeal by U.S. Supreme CourtConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/1/12/1731970/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Court-strikes-down-North-Carolina-GOP-s-congressional-gerrymander-yet-again
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2018Rucho v. Common Cause (II)Congressional redistricting (III)Partisan gerrymanderingStruck down by lower court, but overturned on appeal by U.S. Supreme CourtConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/8/31/1792463/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Michigan-college-students-sue-over-GOP-s-thinly-veiled-voter-suppression-law#2
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2015Dickson v. RuchoLegislative redistricting (I)Racial gerrymanderingUpheld by state courts but vacated and remanded for reconsideration by U.S. Supreme CourtConcluded
http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2015/04/20/scotus-sends-nc-redistricting-case-back-to-state-supreme-court-for-a-do-over/
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2017Dickson v. RuchoLegislative redistricting (II)Racial gerrymanderingAgain upheld by state courts but again vacated and remanded for reconsideration by U.S. Supreme CourtConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/6/2/1667723/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Stubborn-Texas-Republicans-face-potential-redistricting-Armageddon#3
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2017North Carolina v. Covington (I)Legislative redistricting (III)Racial gerrymanderingStruck down by lower court, but special election order reversed by the U.S. Supreme CourtConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/9/1661006/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Supreme-Court-strikes-down-North-Carolina-GOP-s-legislative-gerrymanders
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2018North Carolina v. Covington (II)Legislative redistricting (IV)Racial gerrymanderingNew districts partially struck down by lower court and replaced with special master-drawn districts, which were in turn partially blocked by the U.S. Supreme CourtConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/9/1740125/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Pennsylvania-s-GOP-congressional-gerrymander-is-history#4
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2018Dickson v. RuchoLegislative redistricting (V)Racial gerrymanderingState lower court on remand found the districts were unconstitutional but the claims were moot because the maps had already been redrawn in CovingtonConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/16/1742070/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-GOP-plots-to-destroy-Arizona-s-independent-redistricting-commission-yet-again#3
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2019North Carolina NAACP v. LewisLegislative redistricting (VI)Mid-decade gerrymanderingStruck down by a lower state court and not appealedConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/7/26/1874662/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Florida-GOP-just-passed-a-poll-tax-Democratic-prosecutors-are-fighting-back#3
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2016Raleigh Wake Citizens Association v. Wake County Board of ElectionsWake County (Raleigh) Commission and School Board redistricting"One person, one vote" violationStruck down by a federal lower court and not appealedConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/08/09/1558304/-Court-gives-Democrats-a-big-win-against-Republican-gerrymandering-in-North-Carolina
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2017Greensboro v. Guilford County Board of ElectionsGreensboro City Council redistricting"One person, one vote" violation (racial gerrymandering claim consequently deemed unnecessary to decide)Struck down by a federal lower court and not appealedConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/4/4/1650071/-Court-deals-another-major-blow-against-gerrymandering-by-North-Carolina-s-Republican-legislators
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2016NAACP v. McCroryVoter ID (I)/suppressionRacial discriminationUpheld by lower court, struck down by appellate court, appeal not taken by U.S. Supreme CourtConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/19/1663750/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Supreme-Court-won-t-revive-North-Carolina-GOP-s-racist-voter-suppression-law
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2019NAACP v. MooreVoter ID and income tax cap constitutional amendmentsIllegally gerrymandered "usurper" legislature lacked authority to amend constitutionStruck down by a lower state court, stayed by the Court of Appeals pending appeal; state Supreme Court denied expedited appealOn appeal
https://www.dailykos.com/story/2019/2/22/1836956/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Court-says-illegally-gerrymandered-GOP-legislature-can-t-amend-constitution
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2018NAACP v. State Board of ElectionsVoter registration purgesSystem of voter challenges leading to purged registrations violated federal lawFederal district court permanently blocked the state from removing voters without a notice and a waiting period, and purges are not allowed within 90 days before federal electionsConcluded
https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/victory-voting-rights-judge-permanently-blocks-north-carolina-purge-loophole
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2016Faires v. State Board of ElectionsJudicial selection (I)Statutory switch to retention election method violated the state constitution without an amendmentState lower court struck down the law, which the state Supreme Court deadlocked 3-3 over on appeal, letting the ruling standConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/3/21/1503751/-How-can-we-fight-Republican-gerrymandering-in-North-Carolina-Retake-the-state-Supreme-Court-in-2016
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2018Anglin v. State Board of Elections and Edwards v. State Board of ElectionsState Supreme Court and Court of Appeals electionsRetroactively stripping candidates of party affiliation was illegalBlocked by a state lower court and appeal not taken up by state Court of AppealsConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/8/31/1792463/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Michigan-college-students-sue-over-GOP-s-thinly-veiled-voter-suppression-law#4
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2018Poindexter v. Strach2018 election ballot accessRetroactively blocking Constitution Party candidates from the ballot was illegalState lower court issued a preliminary injunction, which wasn't appealedConcluded
http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2018/08/22/a-handy-guide-to-ongoing-ballot-litigation-in-north-carolina/
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2017Cooper v. Berger (I)Elections Board (I) / Executive branch appointmentsSeparation of powers violationStruck down by a lower state court and not appealedConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/03/25/1646961/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Following-GOP-veto-Nevadans-to-vote-on-automatic-voter-registration-in-2018#6
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2018Cooper v. Berger (II)Elections Board (II)Separation of powers violationUpheld by a lower state court but struck down by the state Supreme CourtConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/2/2/1738260/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-North-Carolina-Supreme-Court-strikes-down-GOP-s-elections-board-power-grab
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2018Cooper v. Berger (III)Elections Board (III)Separation of powers violationStruck down by a lower state court and not appealedConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/10/19/1805698/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Native-American-activists-help-raise-500-000-to-get-North-Dakotans-voter-IDs#5
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2018Cooper v. Berger (IV)Elections Board (IV) / Judicial selection (II) constitutional amendmentsDeceptive ballot languageState lower court issued preliminary injunction, then the amendments were partially rewritten and declined to be blocked by the lower court and state Supreme CourtConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/8/31/1792463/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Michigan-college-students-sue-over-GOP-s-thinly-veiled-voter-suppression-law#4
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2019Common Cause v. LewisLegislative redistricting (VII)Partisan gerrymanderingStruck down in state court, which approved the legislature's remedial mapsConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/11/22/1901073/-Morning-Digest-Decade-s-third-gerrymander-maintains-North-Carolina-GOP-s-big-edge-in-legislature
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2019Harper v. LewisCongressional redistricting (IV)Partisan gerrymanderingState lower court issued a preliminary injunction, which wasn't appealed, and the map was redrawnConcluded
https://www.dailykos.com/story/2019/12/3/1903116/-Morning-Digest-Court-won-t-block-GOP-s-new-North-Carolina-House-map-in-a-setback-for-fair-elections
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2019Alexander v. State Board of ElectionsMecklenburg County (Charlotte) trial court redistrictingRacial gerrymanderingDefendants agreed to a consent order to reverse their gerrymander for 2020 while the case proceeds; defendants later repealed the lawPending at trial court
https://www.apnews.com/1c4986a516544c118e5b887157b82422
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2019NCAAP v. CooperVoter ID (II)Racial discriminationFederal district court temporarily blocked the voter ID requirement ahead of an upcoming trialPending at trial court
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/3/1909296/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Missouri-GOP-vows-to-try-to-gut-a-voter-approved-redistricting-reform-in-2020#5
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2018Bouvier v. Porter (TBD)Voter fraud accusationsDefamation lawsuit may proceed against former Gov. Pat McCrory's 2016 campaign allies for false accusations of felony voter fraudState lower court allowed the case to proceed to discovery, case still pendingPending at trial court
https://apnews.com/903edf778faf4e3bbf9a48543f1877d3
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2019Holmes v. Moore (TBD)Voter ID (III)Violates state constitution due to racial discrimination and burdens on voting rights and free speechState Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling and temporarily blocked the voter ID law while the case proceeds on the meritsPending at trial court
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/2/21/1921045/-Voting-Rights-Roundup-Kentucky-GOP-moves-to-strip-Democratic-governor-of-his-power-after-election#7